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Mildred was the first name of Mrs. Roper in the British TV sitcom "George and Mildred."
alberto  3/28/2005
W. Somerset Maugham chose the name Mildred Rogers for a slatternly waitress in his novel "Of Human Bondage." She was a dreadful sort. I cringe whenever I think of her.
Gwenllian  11/12/2005
Mildred is the name of an old lady who sits on a rocking chair, moaning all day. The name is strictly for grandmothers only.
― Anonymous User  3/4/2006
Mildred Pierce was a novel by James. M. Cain. It was later made into a film in 1945 starring Joan Crawford as the character of the same name.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2006
The name Mildred reminds me of mold.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2006
I agree, it sounds like mildew and mold. Not likeable.
wefrox  5/27/2006
Mildred reminds me of a name of a duck who quacks all the day.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2006
Mildred Didrikson also known as Babe Zaharias was one of the best American athletes of all time.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
Hey! What's all this about it being an old lady name? It just reminds you of old ladies because that's when they were given the name, when they were young and it was popular, but there is no reason to relate this name to them. It is a very pretty name if you think it that, and Millie makes a cute nickname!
bellaboo  11/14/2006
Absolutely hideous.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2006
When I hear this name, it reminds me of some old lady with 16 cats whose husband died in World War II who has some sister named Mary who comes to check on her. No offense to any body who has the name, though I doubt any body here does.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2007
Mildred is the name of Helen Keller's sister. I learned this in the "Miracle Worker".
― Anonymous User  2/12/2007
I like this name because it has such a vintage feel to it and it's one of the last names you'd expect to see on a young girl. I think a little Mildred would be unique and adorable! I can't be the only one can I?
― Anonymous User  5/9/2007
I cannot see this name on a little girl but I can see it on a little old lady with a walking stick. It would take smoking marijuana for ANYONE to call a child Mildred, despite the cute nickname of Millie, used in its own right and also associated with other names such as Millicent, Emily, and Amelia.  5/12/2007
Actress Mildred Harris.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2007
Mildred Hubble is the cool young heroine of The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy. The character was played by Georgina Sherrington in the TV series based on the books.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2007
And it is quite likely that some of the posters who have made negative comments on this site about the name Mildred will have granddaughters with the name, because in about 20 years it's probably going to start sounding "cool" again to a lot of people then in their 20s. :)
clevelandkentevans  8/25/2007
When you read it it looks like "mild red" but I should not be saying that because I have a friend named Mildred.
123sly  8/29/2007
Personally, I love this name. It does not remind me of some old lady.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2007
I like this name, it's not an old lady name, it's just uncommon that's all.
Haylo  9/17/2007
I don't like it but it sure beats Madison or some other butch surname used on girls. At least it's different.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2007
Supposing this name doesn't become cool again even in 20 years time? Supposing our granddaughters are not named Mildred or Edna but Janet or Carol or Maureen if names like Violet, Elizabeth, and Hannah are popular at the present time? Some of the 1900s to 1930s - excluding Mildred - may be all the rage now, but I think more sooner than later it will be 1940s and 1950s names in 20 years' time.  9/29/2007
I hate to offend anyone who is named Mildred, but the name sounds too tacky. The name will always remind me of a spoiled girl.
aquaspirit96  10/2/2007
While it was in the top 10 for girls in the United States in the first three decades of the 20th century, it was also used on rare occasions as a boy's name there in the 1900s and 1910s, but had by the 1920s dropped out of the boys' top 1,000 and is virtually unknown in that role today.  10/7/2007
Mildred Montag was the wife of Guy Montag in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. She was a shell of a person, whose life was meaningless because of technology. Not a good connotation for a little girl.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2007
What's with all this old lady stuff? Mildred's a beautiful name! I love it!
applemilk  10/25/2007
I think it's a beautiful name, but it is unfortunately quite out of date and evocative of senior citizens.
johann14  12/9/2007
I think it's really pretty name!
spaz123  2/23/2008
This name is borne by Nurse Mildred Ratched in Ken Kesey's 1962 novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", its 1963 stage adaptation, and its acclaimed 1975 film adaptation. On stage, she was portrayed by such actresses as Janet Ward, Amy Morton, and Amanda Magnavita. In the film, she was portrayed by Louise Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for the performance. In the story, she is the administrative nurse of the Salem, Oregon State Hospital.
AndrewJKD  3/16/2008
My car's name is Mildred. I love the fact that it's a bit clunky and uncool, yet still sounds European. My car is a 1994 Peugeot 306 so it suits perfectly.
Keladry  3/18/2008
I like it but it is dated so I will not use it.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2008
Hopelessly old-fashioned. In addition to reminding me of old women, it makes me think of wallflower-y girls in old-fashioned and loose-fitting clothes. It's not a very pretty name.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
Mildred Loving was the African American woman whose challenge led to a Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on interracial marriage.
dark_sorceress  5/5/2008
On June 17, 1880, twin sisters Mildred Widman Philippi and Mary Widman Franzini are born in St. Louis, Missouri. Both live to be 104 years old with Mildred passing away first on May 4, 1985.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
Well, Mildred sure beats all these horrible modern names that are coming up from everywhere. Mercedes, Roxy, Jazz, Trixie Bell. Ugh. And in my opinion, Mildred doesn't sound only like a granny name, it also reminds of a cute little girl from the 1920's. To some people that may be the complete opposite of cute, but to me I think it's attractive.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2008
Mildred reminds me of a sensible, young, teenage girl. :)
walesgal92  2/22/2009
I might find this name cute and vintage-sounding, if not for the fact that I cannot read it without thinking something along the lines of "dreaded mildew."
― Anonymous User  3/10/2009
It goes without saying that this name is outdated. I find it to be one of the ugliest names out there. It makes me think of the word "dread". The only good thing is that you can get the cute nickname Millie out of it.
bananarama  4/9/2009
This name is spunky and is bound to pop up now and then in the next few years in line with the trend toward older, mustier names with cutting-edge baby namers.
vomiting  6/4/2009
How is this one bit spunky?
Chrila96  1/23/2011
A famous bearer was influential 1930s jazz singer Mildred Bailey (1908 - 1951). Known as "Mrs. Swing", her popular songs included "Please Be Kind", "Darn That Dream", and "Says My Heart".
AndrewJKD  7/9/2009
Beautiful! Just love it! I can't see why many seem to hate it. Millie or Milly is nice for a nickname, but most of the time I would want to be called Mildred. I like the meaning, and also that it looks like "mild red".
thesnowwhiterose  7/24/2009
I think Mildred is a great name. It's really unique and is perfect for summing up someone's who has a different and quirky personality.
lia  8/29/2009
The thing that most people fail to realise is that people with 'granny' or 'dated' or 'old-fashioned' names were children once. These names only sound old to you all because they are not popular at the present time. Personally, I think Mildred is a nice name. It has a warm, maternal feel to it but it is not an old lady name only.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2009
The name itself might look old, but imagine a lovely bearer of it and it could be wonderful. And it has such a beautiful meaning.
Liesl  10/8/2010
Also, this name makes me think of "The Parent Trap" with Lindsay Lohan when she's on the phone with her twin. XD
Liesl  10/8/2010
I think it has a beautiful meaning, but the name itself makes me think of mildew.
Chrila96  11/13/2010
Looks like dreadful mildew or mildew is dreadful. A combination of both. Awful name.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/1/2011
Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (1905-2002) wrote 23 of the first 25 Nancy Drew mystery novels under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
humblebee  7/29/2011
I always think of mildew when I hear the name Mildred. Followed by the thought of mildew, I picture an mean, old woman with a switch.
GibsonGirl  8/21/2011
I am named after my great-aunt Mildred and my name is Emily. Connected by our nicknames Milly. I prefer my name as Mildred is a bit old fashioned.
emilymaryjane  6/24/2012
Mildred sounds like the name of an old granny in a rocking chair. Still, I like the meaning, and at least you can call the girl Millie.
Bonquiqui  7/15/2012
Beautiful meaning. Shame about the fusty, mildew/dread sound. Maybe one day it will be fashionable again among trendsetters, but I can't imagine that happening anytime soon.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2012
Mildred has the " dread " sound in the end and the " mill " sound in the beginning. I don' t like the name because it sounds boyish.
Melys11  11/25/2012
I don't like Millie anymore, at least not very much. Plus it seems it might be overused in the UK. But I just love this gorgeous Mildred. Because people think its ugly, it would have a certain kind of daring to it, and I'm sure people would eventually get used to it and grow to like its sound. And I have never known any old ladies (or anyone) with this name. The one association I have is with a cute little girl on the early Our Gang comedies, when they were still silent, I think.
thesnowwhiterose  5/6/2013
I love this name. The "dred" part doesn't bother me. It's my favorite "m" name after my own name.
autumn23  7/24/2013
I very much love the name Mildred not only because I'm called Mildred but also because of the meaning of the name (gentle strength) It's spelling looks more like "Mild Red". I'm certainly no old lady or granny as I'm 22 years old and currently at Law school. Back in my secondary school days I had 4 classmates bearing the name Mildred. It may be termed as an old fashioned, dreaded name but there're lots of educated young Mildred's out there. My friends and family call me 'MiMie'. It's a nice name people, feel free to name your children Mildred. Xoxo.
mimi21  4/24/2014
Totally weak and lifeless name.
Hushpuppy  5/25/2014
Well, my name is Mildred and I ain't granny, nor some old woman. I'm a 14 year old. Yeah, it is a very uncommon name and indeed kinda weird. This name is very uncommon in my country and I doubt anybody has it other than me. (also, I've never known someone with this name.. I'd be glad to, though) but it's cool you know, having such a unique name because it's awkward when you have a name like Jessica or Grace or any other common names and there's also a lot of your friends named after it too. Like when someone asked 'do you know Jessica?' 'Jessica who? Jessica Simpson or Johnson or Smith?' lol aaaawkward. Yes I think Mildred isn't an ugly name, it's just uncommon. Mildred is one of a kind!
mmwwx  11/14/2014
Yeah, it sounds like an old lady name, but I kinda like it still.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2015
This name will forever sound ominous to me because of the "dred" part. Mildred honestly makes me picture some girl who appears all sweet and innocent but secretly murders people (has a very, very, very dark side).
― Anonymous User  5/19/2015
It's adorable, even if it's so antiquated.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2015
I love this amazing, beautiful name. Mildred is very classy. :)
― Anonymous User  7/16/2015
What if it's an old name? Its so beautiful, elegant and very classy. I think it's just for upper class people.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2015
Not a fan. Makes me think of an old farmer's wife. I like Mathilda better--which reminds me a bit of Mildred. I wouldn't name a little girl Mildred, not with all of the thousands of beautiful names out there. A name that I think should be retired.
GigiGogo  8/3/2015
The ancient Germanic name Mildred was common among all West Germanic cultures. The German form of the name was (and is) Miltraud.

The first president of the United States, George Washington, had a sister or daughter named Mildred, well before the large-scale revival of the name in the 19th century.
sherwood  5/27/2016
Mildred Hillary Davis (February 22, 1901 – August 18, 1969) was an American actress who appeared in many of Harold Lloyd's classic silent comedies and eventually became his wife.
Liefke Knol  6/5/2016
The name Mildred was given to 86 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
My husband gave that name to my gal but it sounded so bad to me at first, like it's for grandma's, but later I realized it's a fine name and I call my gal 'Red' and in my country (Uganda Africa) it's not common and people think it's really a nice name.
Ffuna  11/24/2016
It's not a bad name, I quite like the sound of it (though I admit, I like strange names). It is outdated, though, but just think... Names that are popular today (Emma, Olivia, Avery, Chloe, etc.) will be considered old-fashioned a few decades from now. Everybody will have or know people with grandmas with these names, making them seem dated. Unfortunate, but that's the way it goes.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2016
As to George Washington-- though he had a sister named Mildred who died when she was a year old, the main Mildreds in his life were his paternal grandmother (named after her own mother) and an aunt:

George Washington did not have any children of his own.
clevelandkentevans  10/31/2017
In the little mermaid, when Ariel had no voice, prince Eric tried to guess her name. His first guess was Mildred and Ariel's reaction was of disgust. Apparently, she didn't like the name, but I'm guessing prince Eric did XD. I think it sounds cute and vintage.
dayanac  12/8/2017

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